ICCR is a thirty-year-old international coalition of 275 faith-based institutional investors including denominations, religious communities, pension funds, healthcare corporations, foundations and dioceses with combined portfolios worth an estimated $100 billion. As responsible stewards, they merge social values with investment decisions, believing they must achieve more than an acceptable financial return. ICCR members utilize religious investments and other resources to change unjust or harmful corporate policies, working for peace, economic justice and stewardship of the Earth.
ICCR members are serious, long-term investors for whom financial performance of their socially-screened portfolios is crucial to their investment strategy.
In addition to investing for solid financial returns, ICCR members examine the companies in their portfolios for their social and environmental performance. Rather than simply selling stock when company policies or practices are harmful to people or the environment, ICCR members press corporations to change. They use their investments to open doors at corporations and attempt to raise concerns at the highest level of corporate decision making.
They use the power of persuasion backed by economic pressure from consumers and investors to hold corporations accountable. They sponsor shareholder resolutions; meet with management; screen their investments; divest stock; conduct public hearings and investigations; publish special reports; and sponsor actions such as prayer vigils, letter writing campaigns and consumer boycotts. ICCR members also make investments to promote economic development in low income and minority communities. ICCR-member community development investments surpass $900 million.
Our Core Values Are:
Faith-Based: Faith guides and shapes our priorities for action.
Justice: We challenge ourselves and corporations to accountability for right relationships with all of creation.
ΓΆβ‚¬ΒΆ Integrity: We are striving to be credible practitioners of the values we set forth.
Inclusive: We welcome diversity as we covenant to work together.
Priorities of ICCR members include:
eliminating sweatshops and corporate involvement in human rights abuses;
reversing global warming;
halting the proliferation of genetically modified foods until safety is proven;
guaranteeing equal employment opportunity for all;
working to make retailers of violent video games more acountable;
making pharmaceuticals and healthcare safe, available and affordable to all;
ending tobacco product advertising;
seeking more accountable corporate governance structures
ending foreign military sales;
preventing the militarization of outer space;
achieving international debt forgiveness for the world’s poorest countries;
and making capital available to all on an equal opportunity basis.
Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Policy:
It is the policy of ICCR to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status or disability. This policy is intended to reflect the values and ideals of ICCR’s members and to help ICCR itself model the equal employment opportunity (EEO) and affirmative action policies and practices that its members urge corporations to adopt.
ICCR is committed to fulfilling the spirit as well as the letter of its EEO and affirmative action obligations as they are embodied in federal, state and local law. Consequently ICCR will attempt to identify and remove any artificial or invisible barriers to fair employment and advancement that may exist in the organization.
ICCR will make good faith efforts to consider diversity as a critical value when searching for and selecting candidates for staff positions. The ICCR Personnel Committee shall periodically review the ICCR staff composition for its reflection of inclusiveness and if needed, make recommendations to the Executive Director for improvements.